The exhilaration prior to the Z1\’s introduction was quite big, and for a reason it turned out that the Sony Xperia Z1 is one of the finer Android smart phones for the second half of the year. Armed with its quality design, powerful chipset and astonishing camera, the Z1 will try to prove that it has surpassed the Galaxy S4 in almost every aspect. However, we can imagine that the GS4 will not simply stay still and accept its destiny.
Well, there are both good and bad things going for the designs of the Xperia Z1 and the Galaxy S4. While both handsets should be considered unisex, the GS4 has a somewhat more feminine look, especially when in white. That is not a bad thing, of course, but if we had to select the smart phone with the more impressive exterior, we\’d go for the Xperia Z1.
In terms of specifications, both screens seem very similar. Both measure 5 inches and have resolutions of 1080 x 1920 pixels, resulting in a breathtaking pixel density of 441 ppi. However, when it comes to their screen technologies, Sony and Samsung have chosen two completely different paths. Then again, that is something that can be said about Samsung and almost any other smart phone manufacturer.
High Quality construction
Not only does it look fancier, but it also sports a higher-quality construction, thanks to its tough front and back glass panels, as well as classy aluminum frame that unites it all into one appealing device. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S4 is not bad, as far as appearance goes, but it\’s not necessarily eye-catchy, plus its flimsy plastic construction is anything but premium.
When it comes to the size, we really find Sony\’s product to be on the bulkier side with its 5.69 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches, compared to the Galaxy S4\’s 5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches. One can definitely feel a substantial difference when holding the Xperia Z1 and the Galaxy S4 the GS4 feels much smaller, and so it\’s also significantly easier to hold and work with.
Neither the buttons of the Xperia Z1, nor those of the Galaxy S4 are very good, but they are all decent. Those on the Z1 are probably just a tad better. One thing that the GS4 lacks is a dedicated camera button, which is present in Z1. Another area where the Xperia Z1 excels is toughness. While we would not advise you to through your Z1 out the window just to see what happens, it is definitely nice to know that it is IP 58-certified, meaning that it has some degree of protection against water and dust. The Galaxy S4, on the other hand, does not feature such protection.
When it comes to brightness and outdoor visibility, the Sony Xperia Z1 manages to gain the upper hand, thanks to the stronger output of its LCD screen (maximum brightness is about 495 nits), while the Galaxy S4 is way harder to view with its 288 nits. That is one area where AMOLED screens are yet to catch up with LCDs.